As reported by the ABC Border Force investigators recently raided the Melbourne premises of a migration services company called YABS Services, which was run by prominent Indian-Australian businessman Avniesh Bhardwaj. It is believed he is currently overseas.
Mr Bhardwaj has been photographed with a number of high-profile politicians from both major parties, including former prime minister Tony Abbott and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.
7.30 has spoken to a number of Indian and Pakistani citizens who say Mr Bhardwaj, or consultants working for YABS, promised to arrange jobs in Australia and skilled employment visas for them.
In most of the cases seen by the ABC, YABS apparently did lodge an application on behalf of the client, but they were initially charged around $30,000 and told the application would be approved within three to four months.
Clients also say they were told that if the application was rejected, they would receive a partial refund.
However in some instances it has now been up to four years since the initial payment was made, and the jobs and promises have come to nothing.
In some cases Mr Bhardwaj allegedly charged more fees as the process dragged on, with one applicant eventually paying more than $50,000.
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